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Medicinal Benefits of Malkangani (Celastrus paniculatus)

03 Mar, 2023


What is Malkangani or Celastrus paniculatus?
Malkangani, also known as “Staff tree” or ‘Tree of Life’, is a large woody climbing shrub.
Its oil is beneficial for hair and is used as a hair tonic. The application of Malkangani on the scalp makes hair healthy and helps reduce dandruff due to its antifungal property. Malkangani is also used for managing dermal problems such as eczema. Malkangani leaves have strong wound healing activity and help reduce pain and inflammation due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
According to Ayurveda, Malkangani powder can be taken along with honey or water to help manage pain and swelling due to osteoarthritis due to its vata balancing property.
Consuming Malkangani oil with lukewarm water once a day helps in enhancing memory due to its Medhya (improves intelligence) property.

What are the synonyms of Malkangani?

Celastrus paniculatus, Staff tree, Doddaganugae, Gangunge beeja, Gangunge humpu, Kangondiballi, Ceruppunnari, Uzhinja, Malkangoni, Malkanguni, Jyotishmati, Valuluvai, Peddamaveru.

How does Malkangani (Celastrus paniculatus) help in Ayurvedic Healing?

Malkangani helps in the below conditions -

1.Weak memory
Malkangani helps to enhance memory. According to Ayurveda, poor memory is due to inactivity of Kapha or aggravation of Vata dosha. Malkangani helps in balancing Vata and improves memory. This is due to its Medhya (improves intelligence) property.

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2. Anxiety
Malkangani is useful to manage the symptoms of anxiety. According to Ayurveda, Vata governs all the movement and actions of the body and nervous system respectively. Anxiety is mainly due to Vata imbalance. Malkangani helps to reduce the symptoms of anxiety. This is due to its Vata balancing and a unique Medhya (improve intelligence) properties.

3. Osteoarthritis
Malkangani is useful to manage pain in osteoarthritis. According to Ayurveda, osteoarthritis occurs due to an aggravation of Vata dosha and is known as Sandhivata. It causes pain, swelling, and difficulty in movement. Malkangani has Vata balancing property and gives relief from the symptoms of osteoarthritis like pain and swelling in the joints

4. Male Sexual Dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction in men can be in the form of loss of libido i.e., having no inclination towards a sexual act. There can also be a low erection time or semen expelled soon after sexual activity. This is also referred to as ‘early discharge or premature ejaculation. Taking Malkangani helps to correct male sexual dysfunction and also improves stamina. This is due to its Vajikarana (aphrodisiac) property.

5. Hair loss
Malkangani is also one of the most useful Ayurvedic herbs that are used for hair related problems. According to Ayurveda, the reason for hair fall is an aggravated Vata dosha. Using Malkangani oil helps in balancing Vata and remove excessive dryness from the scalp.

6. Skin disease
Malkangani powder or oil helps to control the symptoms of skin disease like eczema when applied on the affected area. Some of the symptoms of eczema are rough skin, blisters, inflammation, itchiness, and bleeding. Applying Malkangani or its oil reduces inflammation and helps to stop bleeding. This is because of its Ropan (healing) property.

7. Joint Pain
Malkangani oil helps to manage bone and joint pain when applied to the affected area. According to Ayurveda, the bones and joints are considered a site of Vata in the body. Pain in the joints is mainly due to Vata imbalance. Applying Malkangani oil helps to reduce joint pain due to its Vata balancing property.

8. Asthma
Malkangani oil helps to reduce the symptoms of asthma. According to Ayurveda, the main doshas involved in asthma are Vata and Kapha. The vitiated ‘Vata’ combines with deranged ‘Kapha dosha’ in the lungs causing obstruction in the respiratory passage. This results in difficulty in breathing. This condition is known as Swas Roga or Asthma. Applying Malkangani oil daily before going to bed on the chest helps to calm Kapha and loosen the accumulated mucus in the lungs. This gives relief from the symptoms of asthma.

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